CoasterBuzz Podcast #137 posted

Posted Monday, April 20, 2009 4:33 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Jeff, Mike and Pat review this week's news in the amusement industry.

  • Recap of the party on a boat, which Gonch missed. Jeff is happily married now.
  • Adventureland suffers from indifferent reviews, and Jeff thinks it was sold completely wrong. Kennywood is more or less just a background for the story.
  • Diamondback opens at Kings Island and it is good. Gonch and Jeff take a number of spins and are surprised at the intensity. Listen for a complete review.
  • Opening day at Kings Island yields enormous lines for Diamondback, and the public appear to love it.
  • CoasterBuzz posts HD video of Diamondback, starring Gonch.
  • Hard Rock Park former owners own the IP? Seriously? Does it matter now that they've changed it to the horrible name, Freestyle Music Park?
  • Six Flags may be facing bankruptcy, but the management team is looking at potential bonuses for getting them through it. The hate toward anyone making a lot of money ignores the skill required to lead a company.
  • Universal Hollywood is getting the Google Maps street view treatment. It's creepy, but incredibly useful.
  • Ghost Town bankruptcy causes a chain reaction to small businesses that served it.
  • Coney Island drama continues, as NYC makes play to buy some of the property owned by Thor Equities.
  • Virginia parks saying things are starting out well. We hate the term "staycation," but are the parks positioned for success in this economy? Gonch thinks so.
  • Researchers put out attendance report but Jeff is annoyed that they don't establish credibility or show their methodology. Busch Entertainment says they're about 10% off.
  • Universal Orlando is trying to sell itself to consumers like it's a used car dealer, according to surveys they're sending out. Jeff is annoyed that they want to compete on price instead of the awesome experiences they can offer.
  • Orlando parks do well over the Easter holiday time. Is this an indication of economic recovery or the heavy discounting?
  • Waldameer's Disk-O is going up, and they're pretty cool rides. The stand-up version is kind of weird.
  • Jeff and Gonch got to ride Diamondback with the mayor of Cincinnati, and it was entertaining.
  • We appreciate your support of CoasterBuzz by joining the club. It's still just $20 per year.

Link: CoasterBuzz Podcast

Monday, April 20, 2009 5:00 PM

Yes!! I can't wait to give this a listen! I saved the show from the 30th for my 2 hour drive home from KI Saturday night and it was pure gold!! I was laughing so hard I didn't have any problems staying awake. Gonch's "I was just asking rhetorically" about the flight time question was priceless!

I might have to listen to this before my next drive home this weekend.

Monday, April 20, 2009 7:46 PM

I enjoyed the sexy music at the end.

Monday, April 27, 2009 1:48 AM

Jeez, at the end there the membership pitch was starting to sound like a public radio fund raiser. Next thing you know, the CoasterBuzz Club membership will come with a coffee mug and an audio CD of outtakes from the podcast... :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Monday, April 27, 2009 9:09 AM
Carrie M.'s avatar

Ha! Personally, I think they should have saved that groovy, pornarrific DB Splashdown video for club members.... perhaps you pay your $20 in quarters and you get to view it in a booth somewhere... ;)

"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

Monday, April 27, 2009 1:09 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar

^Aside from the quarters remark, that's not such a bad idea. Maybe things like that would give people the incentive to become a card holding member.

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Monday, April 27, 2009 4:08 PM
Jeff's avatar

Somehow, I don't think audio on a CD would move membership cards. We're not that interesting!

Jeff - Editor - - My Blog - Silly Nonsense

Monday, April 27, 2009 4:33 PM
ridemcoaster's avatar

Especially when we can get audio (read: "video which may include similar audio") on the internet for free ;)


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